M-38A1 Research Archives


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1953 M-38A1 Concord, NH $1500


This runs and drives, though it appears the gas tank(s) are in the rear.

“53willys milatary edition needs some body work runs and drives very well starts rite up runs every day just moved into an apartment and only allowed to have two cars we have five need it gone asap really dont need much call 603 491 7014”


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1960 M-38A1 Mannford, OK **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $5000

Looks like a good price.

“1960 U.S.M.C WILLYS M38A1 $5000 TO MUCH TO LIST”

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2 1955 M-38A1s Society Hill, SC $5500

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Looks like  a fair price for the combo.

“1955 M38A1 4×4 jeep,runs great,good tires,fresh paint,includes 1955 M38A1 for parts or can be rebuilt,have parts to put engine back together plus lots of extra parts. Also includes 10 kw generator,has good 4cly jeep engine but gen. needs repair. 843**309**0963”


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1962 M-38A1 La Quinta, CA $2500


This used to be a civil defense jeep.  Hopefully, there is some documentation to support it.

“This is a 1962 Willys Jeep. Used by the city of Brawly for civil defense.
Been sitting around for a while, needs work, but is in running condition.
It’s a M38A1, with an inline four Hurricane engine, 4×4 three speed, with low / high transfer case.
Clear title and tagged for for a year. Manuals available online for free, easy to find parts.
Call Dan for more information. 760.413.6759”


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1963 M-38A1 Walla Walla, WA $1400


It runs.  According the Ad title this was used by the Navy; I wonder if it includes a Navy plate of some type.

“This is a mostly original military jeep. looks like a CJ-5. It runs. needs a little brake work to drive. Body is really rough. it would make a great resto project or drive as is. Or trick it out. great project jeep. comes with a tow bar.”


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1953 M-38A1 Mansfield, TX **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $7500

(04/13/2011) This looks good.

“I have a restored 1953 M38A1 Millitary Jeep for sale. The jeep is in overall great condition. The jeep has a very solid body that draws attention like crazy and is extremely fun to drive. The price I’m asking is $8000. Please call me if your interested in seeing the jeep or if you want any further details. Please, serious inquiries only.

1953 Willys M38A1 Jeep.  Color: Olive Drab
Interior: Olive Drab
Engine: 4 Cylinder
Transmission: 3 Speed Manual/ 2 Speed Transfercase”

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1953 M-38A1 Turlock, CA **SOLD**


UPDATE:  **SOLD** Was $7000

(02/21/2012) umm … The jeep I am looking at in the pictures doesn’t jibe with the ‘great condition’ claim.

“1953 Jeep Willys
Great condition.
Jeep runs and drives, 4×4 works, tires and rims all original. Just needs a paint job, and get the seat reupholstered. This is a rare jeep and is a great project vehicle. California pink slip in hand and tags are already paid for and current. This was supposed to be a father son project car, but things came up and we don’t have the time or money for it.”

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1960 M-38A1 St. Louis, Mo eBay


I am wondering if this was the original paint?  This is supposed to have been a civil defense jeep. This sure looks like a good restoration candidate.  No Title.

“This is a M38A1 Military Jeep. Data ID plate: 8/1960. Jeep was used by civil defence.

I got the engine running, but have not driven it. Engine runs nice & smooth, no smoke. It has new oil & oil filter. I started it on starting fluid, and then used gas from a temporary tank I set up. Gas tank, Carborator & Fuel lines need a major clean up. I think the fuel pump is shot. (I wanted to make sure this ran before I sold it).

Tranny shifts properly. Hi/Low & 4×4 levers shift freely & it rolls freely as well. Clutch seems to be OK. No brakes. Jeep has heavy duty front & rear leaf springs. I’m no expert on M38s, but it looks to me that 98% of it is there. Everything is original, includes a 24V system and 5 matching rims with original tires. (4 are dry-rotted)

Nobody has started to restore this, it is untouched. There are no batteries included in this auction. Frame is solid with surface rust only. The body is in pretty good, straight shape with no major rust issues except the tool box floor and surrounding area. Look closely at the pictures.

This looks bad & a real rustbucket in the photos, but it’s not how it looks. There is a lot of surface rust & peeling paint & undercoating that make it look worse then it really is. See all picture in my photoalbum at http://s1232.photobucket.com/albums/ff362/3familytree/M38%20A1%20White/

My opinion is that this is an easy restoration project. There is no title, but I will provide a bill of sale. I am selling this to finance another project. You will get everything you see in the pictures. If you have any questions, feel free to ask BEFORE you bid.”

View all the info on eBay

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1952 Fire Jeep M-38A1 Melrose, FL **SOLD**

• CATEGORIES: Features, Fire/Police/Industry Vehicles, M-38A1 • TAGS: .

UPDATE: **SOLD** Was on eBay

” This beauty has been completely re-painted in hunter green exterior with green & black interior.  4 wheel drive, pump. Perfect for campground security or fire prevention. Purchased from local fire department & converted for private fire prevention. Runs good, lights & siren. We are selling for another party. Runs & drives good. Has many upgrades. Will answer questions to best of ability.  Unit sold complete with fire pump & 75 gallon water tank, hose & one nozzle.”

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1954 M-38A1 Geronimo, Ks **SOLD**

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UPDATE:  This sold.  Was listed at $4000.

The seller will take $500 off for proof of being a veteran.  Looks like a good price.

“I have a complete M38A1 Willys Army jeep from 1954, it is complete! With the original data plates and all the parts are there including top bows and seats, Has new military canvas driver seat as well as the rear bottom seat cushion. I can finish the cnavas job on the other seats if you so desire it. I have spent the better part of 16 months bringing this old Army veteran jeep back to its military glory. It has all the hard to find accessories and attachments. All Five tires are original military tires, as are the rims. I just installed a rebuilt T-90 transmission this year, a complete new old stock exhaust system. This jeep needs some paint and your markings and you are ready for parades, vfw functions or just to jeep around with. I have a box of extra parts that will come with it. Currently the jeep is in 12 volt, I have all the parts to convert over to a complete dual battery 24 volt system. This is the most complete M38A1 offered. Has all the original lifting shackles and front bumper that has not been molested or cut. New ties rods installed, new steering bellcrank, two new front brake cylinders. The fuel tank is original and has already been gone through and restored so you will not have to worry about a fuel tank leaking. Comes with two fuel cans (5 gallon military one is dated 1977 the other is new old stock from 1955) Also comes with two gallons of the correct semi-gloss paint you will need to finish the restoration. If you have any questions call me at 580 six four seven 00 four five. She stops drives and runs. I have put alot of work into this old work horse. But the wife says I can only have one jeep. So now is your chance!
I also have two original manuals for this jeep that come with it as well.
If you are a korean war veteran or veteran period, with proof, I will take $500 off the asking price. And last but not least, I will deliver this jeep to within 100 miles of zip code (73543/Geronimo, OK)”

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1953 M-38A1 Fort Myers, Fl eBay

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Looks nicely restored. I wonder if it was really painted yellow for the private airport.

“Our 1953 Airforce Jeep is for sale…….It was used as a “FOLLOW ME” Car. The restauration including the engine was done ca. 5 Years ago.

The jeep was only used as a “Follow Me” vehicle on a private airport since then, and has less than 450 miles on the new engine.24 Volt System.

The car is in nice shape.”

View all the pics and info on eBay

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1953 M-38A1 Madison, Alabama In Person Auction June 30th

• CATEGORIES: Auctions, M-38A1 • TAGS: , .

There is also a 1963 Toyota Landcruiser being auctioned, too.

“1953 — Willys Army Jeep M38A1, Complete Re-Build, Very Nice Vehicle.”


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1953 M-38A1 Ojai, CA **SOLD**

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UPDATE:  Was $6500. **SOLD**

(06/16/2012) Looks good.

“US Army M38A1 Jeep.
Parade quality, runs well.
Mostly original parts including power train.
Clean California title in hand.
Vietnam era 2 way radio, functional.
Former Military Police vehicle.
Emergency lights and Siren.
Odometer has been replaced, no idea of actual mileage.”

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1952 M-38A1 Holmen, WI **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $15,000.

Though no pictures of radios, this M-38A1 is supposed to be a mobile command center.

15000.00 OBO

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1953 M-38A1 Stretched Porter, TX **SOLD**

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UPDATE:  ****SOLD**** Was on eBay. This might be the same as this one.

(06/17/2012) I’d like some better pics of this one.  Pretty neat.

“6 feet (and two rows of seats) added: 17 ft. total length
Seats padded for comfort in parades
Seat belts added for carrying children
Has loud siren
Turn signals added
In working condition
Winner will have to pick up the Jeep from Porter, Texas”

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M-38A1 at Fort Lewis Circa 1958

• CATEGORIES: Features, M-38A1, Old Images

UPDATE:  This has been relished on eBay.

Though it appears stuck in thick Tacoma area mud, there is an explicit declaration on the back of the photo stating that the jeep is NOT stuck.

“Up for sale is a 1958 Original B&W Glossy 7×5 Photograph taken by an Army Photographer and showing what I believe is a US Army Willys M38A1 (MD) Jeep in a Very Muddy Road with Id’d Soldier, most likely at Fort Lewis or Yakima Training Center in Washington State. Back is hand titled: Lloyd McClelland + jeep in mud. Not stuck. Taken while on hill duty. Year is based on some dated images in this collection. Any serious defects will be noted here [curved ends, light roughness to lower edge, old tape, minor tape? staining on back], but since condition is subjective, please enlarge photos & decide overall condition for yourself. This would make a wonderful addition to your collection.

ALL the images I have by this unknown US Army Photographer were taken in Washington State in 1958. However some of his military views do not give location info, so location is a best guess from what is shown. I also have several other Army / Air Force photos from this photographer on eBay.”

View all the info on eBay

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1946 CJ-2A and 1954 M-38A1 Des Moines, IA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was Make Offer

“Amazing condition:

1954 Jeep M38A, manufactured by Willys Overland. Body perfect. Needs very little to get running: fuel sending unit, fuel pump and tank.

1946 Jeep Willys CJ 2A. Body in excellent shape. Minor engine work to get this running. (First year that Jeeps were offered to civilians!)

Both of these Jeeps were up and running, but, my father passed away a few years back, and he had these at a shop in Iowa where they were doing some work on them. I have spent the last few years trying to get them back from the shop’s owner, so, nothing has been done with them since 2009.

Looking for trades on one or both. These are in amazingly good shape, and will take very little to get back to running. Interested in: jet skies/4×4 truck/Jeep Wrangler/trailer or camper/lot on lake/or open to other reasonable offers! Let me know if you have something that you think might spark my interest…but, be realistic! I will not ship, however, I know these are classic Jeeps, and someone from another part of country may be very interested…if legit, I will work with you if you hire delivery service to pick up.”

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1952 M-38A1 Garner, NC **Status Unknown**

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UPDATE:  Status Unknown.  Was priced at $4000.

This is worth a look.

“1952 Willys M38A1 Military Jeep. All original Except color, bikini top and front bumper. 24 volt generator has been replaced with 24 volt alternator. Blackouts have been removed and replaced with turn signals. Runs good. Engine and powertrain are in good working condition including 4wd and have never been rebuilt. Could be a great restoration vehicle for military or jeep enthusiast. $4000 or could consider reasonable offer. I have the original military service manual and some extra parts. contact through craigslist for any questions.”

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1952 Model? Walcott, ND $1000

• CATEGORIES: CJ-3A, CJ-3B, M-38, M-38A1

No pics provided.

“nice old jeep runs needs work call for info bill of sale only 701 429 4224”


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1955 M-38A1 Ritzville, Wa $2500


Put some OD green and military tires on this rig and it will look stock pretty quickly.

“This is my bottom price $2500 if its not sold by end of the month i will take it to a classic car auction. CALLS ONLY Ben@509-659-0164. 1955 willys jeep m38-a1 with title runs, drives,and stops CALL ME FOR DETAILS

(I AM NOT DESPERATE TO SALE-ALL MY BILLS ARE PAID UP)  (if i sale at this price i am not interested in trades unless it really tickles my fancy——–just bring cash no checks AT ALL.)”


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1953 M-38A1 Oxford, PA **SOLD**


UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $3000.

This looks restorable.

“Selling my ’53 Willys M38A1.
It runs great and drives all 4×4 works. All new complete brake system, many New parts from NOS and new.
Good clear title
Converted to 12v
New lights and turn signals installed.
Needs a muffler
Brand New old stock gas tank and filter
New seat bottom cushions and many other new parts.
Frame is solid but needs a little body work. Very solid military jeep. Still has original bullet hole in original windshield.

Aux power port cup was welded over. I removed played and have the cup in process of installing the cup.L”

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1953 M-38A1 Palo Cedro, Ca $3900


This looks like a nice jeep for the price.

“1953 Jeep Willys, Automatic, Chevy 350, Edelbrock Carb. , Winch, Newer Backseat, soft top and bikini top. 530-570-3690”


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1956 M-38A1 Balsam Lake, Wi $8000

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This looks good.

“1956 willys jeep M381 in excellent condition. Complete overhaul. Comes with a brand new top & rollbar. Also has a new fuel guage that is in the box. CASH ONLY!!! Serious inquiries please.”


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1952 M-38A1 Sioux City, IA **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $7500

Looks like a good band for the buck.

“Jeep Willys 1952. Good mechanical condition. No rust. Clear title. Iowa license. Price Firm.”

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1953 M-38A1 Vancouver, Wa $15,000

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UPDATE:  Status unknown

Looks well restored.

“1953 M38A1 Willys Jeep in completely restored condition.
New Tires
Excellant Canvas
Many extras in original condition

Asking $15,000 Or Best Offer
Active duty Reserve or Guard Personal will receive a discount.

Please Do Not Call and Expect for it to be given away. But do call if you are interest and make an honest offer.”